Is Dominic Monaghan about to make the leap from fantasy to science-fiction? 

The site YodasNews has ignited casting rumors for J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars 7" with sources stating that the 37-year-old will have a cameo as a Jedi in the new sequel trilogy. 

Monaghan, who currently stars as host of the BBC series "Wild Things," recently spoke about his desire to appear in the film — which might explain where all of these rumors started in the first place. 

"We’ve talked a few times about [a potential role]," he told DweebCast. "[Abrams] said ‘We’re putting together a cast of unknowns. We want to follow the ’77 New Hope cast because obviously Harrison Ford wasn’t well known at that point, Mark Hamill wasn’t and Carrie Fisher wasn’t either. What he said was, ‘We don’t want to fall into that mistake of people going, ‘Oh, it’s that guy from that thing!’ and then you’re completely out of the Star Wars universe.’"

With Monaghan appearing in everything from the "Lord of the Rings" franchise to Abrams' hit series "Lost," I'd have to think that his celebrity would preclude him from participating. But hey, maybe the cameo promised by Abrams won't be any more recognizable than the one Stephen Colbert received from Peter Jackson in the recent "Hobbit" film. 

As for Monaghan's "Wild Things," the animal-lover recently told MNN's Gerri Miller that his mission is to educate, as well as entertain. 

“The vast majority of animals that we go looking for are in some way threatened,” he said. “The slow loris is vulnerable. The wetapunga, which is a cave-dwelling cricket, only exists in tiny breeding pockets and on offshore islands in New Zealand. We try to show people that just because animals are dangerous doesn’t mean you should kill them. You have to be respectful of their strength and keep a safe distance. Just because and animal is dangerous doesn’t make it less important or significant. We are the most dangerous animal on the planet.”

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Is 'Wild Things' host Dominic Monaghan a Jedi in 'Star Wars 7'?
Rumors swirl that the former 'Lord of the Rings' star may have landed a role in J.J. Abrams' upcoming sequel trilogy.